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A 'Saturday Night Live' Take on Jack Webb's 'Dragnet' Franchise

Shout! Factory brings back the Saturday Night Live parody of the original Dragnet.

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The Comedy Gift That Keeps on Giving: Late Night Hosts Respond to the Trump Tapes

The comedy gods bestowed on late night television the Trump tapes; all stepped up and answered the challenge.

Anthony Merino
Television

Bergen, Curtain, and Radner: Saturday Night Live's Second-Ever Christmas Special Lacks Dumb Blondes

Despite the drunken antics and sexist attitudes of their fellow cast members, it’s the women who brought the laughs in Saturday Night Live’s second Christmas special

Megan Volpert
Television

Jimmy Fallon and SNL With French Subtitles? Oui, Please!

Live from New York it’s Saturday Night Live (albeit broadcast one week later, with French subtitles on an obscure cable channel)!

Film

In Praise of Kristen Wiig's Risky Career Choices

Kristen Wiig’s genius is that she can generate humor and pathos from the same source, her characters’ pain.

Music

Everything Has Changed, Nothing Has Changed: Music in a Post-9/11 World

The attacks of 9/11 may have caused a noticeable shift in the lyrical content of musicians and even sonic changes in the short term, but, in the end, normalcy finds a way to settle in.

Interviews

Chatting with Hozier About "Take Me to Church" + Tour Dates (Interview)

If you aren't familiar with Hozier, listen to "Take Me to Church" now because his tour is already selling out and he just released his first self-titled album ahead of his Saturday Night Live debut.

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'Saturday Night Live', Chronicled Intelligently

Saturday Night Live and American TV is among the most thorough and engrossing chronicles of SNL’s four decades (so far) on air, giving detailed attention to each era in the program’s history.

Television

In Defense of 'Saturday Night Live's 2013-14 Season Casting

Do you think NBC's flagship, iconic series is racist for not having any African-American women in its cast this season? Think again.

Music

The Lonely Island: The Wack Album

Through comedy, the members of the Lonely Island provide another direct criticism on American subcultures and flaunt their knowledge and reverence of rap and hip hop with The Wack Album.

Politics

Comics-in-Chief: Laughing With (and At) the Presidents -- The Scathing Slice of the Satirical Edge

When America chose Nixon over Paulsen at the polls, it ushered in a president that many consider one of the most humor-challenged in modern history.

Television

Political Humor and Its Diss Contents

Political humor brings a lot of joy and laughter into our often humdrum lives, but is our national laugh fest a good thing for the nation at large?

Music

Mumford & Sons Play New Songs and the Beatles on 'SNL'

Last night Mumford & Sons played two songs on 'SNL' ahead of their release of 'Babel' this week. But the highlight was their skit where instead of playing Americana guys, they went back to their homeland for inspiration in portraying the Beatles.

Television

Murder, They Watched: Are the French Obsessed with American Crime Drama?

Why are there so many American police procedurals on French TV? Is it because French women have a massive crush on David Caruso? This and other hypotheses come to mind...

Television

Flash Points: Penn State's Cover-Up and the Ethics of Rape Jokes

This week Flash Points looks at the Penn State cover-up and examines the way powerful people typically go to great lengths to cover their collective asses. We also examine rape culture and the ethics of rape jokes.

Steven Aoun and Sarah Boslaugh
Music

20 Questions: Hannibal Buress

Hannibal Buress is blowing up: a new special on Comedy Central, a show on Adult Swim, and -- of course -- answering PopMatters' 20 Questions, revealing why he may wear the same pair of jeans for two weeks, wonders what a conversation with a drunken President Obama would be like, and how he'd love to see what cell phones would like like 50 years in the future . . .

Performing Arts

Stand-Up! America’s Dissenting Tradition Part 2: Transformers George Carlin & Richard Pryor

Whereas Richard Pryor used autobiography for his comedy of social dissent, George Carlin aimed his critical lens outwards, to reflect upon a world of greed and self-delusion.

Music

Sinéad O'Connor: A Mea Culpa

Sinéad's never going to play the game or be someone who has finally "learned her lesson", so forget it. Here’s someone whose career was derailed for being blasphemous. Well, as it turns out, she was right. It’s time to offer our apologies.

Music

Ten Notable Holiday Songs of the Past 30 Years

These ten songs from the past 30 years are notable for being gifts that keep on giving.

Music

Paul McCartney’s 69th Birthday: A Life in Videos

This Saturday marks the 69th birthday of singer, songwriter, composer, musician, author, actor, artist, and humanitarian Paul McCartney.

Reviews

'Saturday Night Live: The Best of Tracy Morgan' Does Nothing to Alleviate Some Fears About Morgan

This collection showcases an outdated show's attempts to effectively utilize a "crazy black guy" to produce laughs, and proves that 30 Rock is far more suitable for the task.

Television

Wait, Wait, Wait… Betty White Is Old…AND She Can Act?

Television viewers root for performers like Gabourey Sidibe and Betty White, of course. How could they not? And that is the point. They can’t not root for them, even if "rooting" for a performer gets in the way of being entertained.

Music

Andy Samberg Get's 'Short' Changed (Video)

Samberg and the Lonely Island are appropriately skewered in Landline TV's "Landline Digital Short."

Books

The Chris Farley Show by Tom Farley & Tanner Colby

A complex community of personalities radiates around the main subject and a detailed, varied portrait inevitably appears.

Reviews

Dennis Miller: The HBO Comedy Specials

Despite his curious and regrettable turn toward the unfunny, Dennis Miller still looms large as one of the five best stand-up comedians of the past 20 years.

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